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Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Cup and Socketed Saucer
  • Gobelet et soucoupe 'enfoncé' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Charles-Louis Méreaud the Younger (1735 - 1780), Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1766
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Cup, Height: 8.7 cm
    Saucer, Height: 4.5 cm
    Saucer, Height: 15.1 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls enclosing 'n' the date letter for 1766 Painted
    Painter's mark: A comma, for Charles-Louis Méreaud the Younger Painted
    Incised mark: 'OM' and 'ae'
    Incised mark: 'OM'
  • C443
  • Back State Room
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This cup and saucer would not have been used at the dinner table but was intended to serve hot drinks in the bedroom or boudoir. It used to be thought that such socketed saucers, which steadied the cup to prevent hot contents from spilling, were intended for the elderly, but Marie-Antoinette had not reached her eighteenth birthday when she purchased one in October 1773. In fact this model appears to have been devised for Madame de Pompadour in 1759 and was intended for use while she was ill in bed during her constant bouts of bronchitis. It contained those nourishing milk drinks prescribed for an invalid diet, which included mixing milk with meat broths, cereals, wine or beer, often served with bread. Socketed saucers were often decorated with complex frieze patterns and this example, perhaps imitating textiles, was painted by Charles-Louis Méraud.